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NHL playoff predictions?

The NHL playoffs are underway, with some series going according to plan and others unfolding a little unexpectedly. Who will win each series? What are your picks for the later rounds?

Which team will win this first-round matchup? (Tied 1-1)

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    71%
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    29%

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  • Which team will win this first-round matchup? (Tied 1-1)

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      56%
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      44%

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  • Which team will win this first-round matchup? (Tied 1-1)

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      58%
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      42%

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  • Which team will win this first-round matchup? (Canadiens lead 3-0)

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      11%
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      89%

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  • Which team will win this first-round matchup? (Avalanche lead 2-0)

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      92%
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      8%

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  • Which team will win this first-round matchup? (Blues lead 2-0)

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      73%
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      27%

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  • Which team will win this first-round matchup? (Ducks lead 2-0)

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      89%
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      11%

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  • Which team will win this first-round matchup? (Sharks lead 2-0)

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      89%
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      11%

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  • Which will be the best first-round series in the NHL playoffs?

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      27%
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      17%
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      14%
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      32%
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      10%

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  • Which team will win the Eastern Conference?

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      44%
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      27%
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      29%

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  • Which team will win the Western Conference?

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      21%
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      16%
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      19%
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      15%
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      29%

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  • Which of the four division winners has the best chance of winning the Stanley Cup?

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      10%
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      61%
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      13%
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      16%

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  • Which non-division winner has the best chance of winning the Stanley Cup?

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      45%
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      16%
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      11%
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      28%

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Big moves made at NHL deadline

The 2014 NHL trade deadline was reliably active, with a number of deals going down not long before the 3 p.m. ET cutoff. Among the biggest: The Montreal Canadiens acquired left wing Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders; the Los Angeles Kings grabbed right wing Marian Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets; and, in a deal involving two potentially playoff-bound parties, the New York Rangers acquired right wing Martin St. Louis -- who had requested a trade -- and sent right wing Ryan Callahan and two high draft picks to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Which was the biggest deal? Which team will fare best down the stretch? Who wins it all?

  • Which was the biggest move Wednesday?

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      16%
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      13%
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      71%

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  • How much of an impact will Thomas Vanek have on the Canadiens down the stretch and in the playoffs?

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      55%
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      45%

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  • How much of an impact will Marian Gaborik have on the Kings down the stretch and in the playoffs?

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      32%
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      57%
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      11%

    Discuss (Total votes: 9,961)

  • What do you make of the deal that sent Martin St. Louis to the Rangers and sent Ryan Callahan and two draft picks (2014 second-rounder, 2015 first-rounder) to the Lightning?

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      35%
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      27%
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      38%

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  • Which team involved in a big trade Wednesday will fare the best in the playoffs?

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      16%
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      39%
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      19%
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      26%

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  • Which team will win the Stanley Cup?

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      28%
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      13%
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      10%
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      14%
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      35%

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More surprises ahead in NHL playoffs?

June 6, 2013
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Stanley Cup: Blackhawks-Bruins

The Blackhawks are one win away from a Stanley Cup championship thanks to two goals from Patrick Kane in Game 5. However, injury concerns to a star player on each side -- Patrice Bergeron for Boston and Jonathan Toews for Chicago -- create an interesting sub-story to Game 6. What impact will the injuries have on the series? Will Chicago wrap it up in Game 6 or will the Bruins bounce back and treat sports fans to another Game 7?

If both Bergeron and Toews play, which team wins Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals?

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    65%
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    35%

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  • If neither Bergeron nor Toews play, which team wins Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals?

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      62%
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      38%

    Discuss (Total votes: 1,893)

  • Who would their respective teams miss more if neither was able to play in Game 6?

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      51%
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      49%

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  • Which team will win the Stanley Cup finals? (Blackhawks lead 3-2)

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      38%
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      32%
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      30%

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  • Who are you rooting for in the Stanley Cup finals?

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      61%
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      39%

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NHL Playoffs: Kings vs. Blackhawks

The Blackhawks were the best team in the NHL's lockout-shortened regular season. The Kings are the defending Stanley Cup champions. Only one will advance to the Cup finals. Will the Kings continue their bid to become the first repeat champions since 1998, or will the Blackhawks win a shot at bringing the Cup back to Chicago for the second time in four years? Vote below!

  • Which team will win the Kings-Blackhawks Western Conference finals? (Blackhawks lead 3-1)

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      53%
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      30%
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      4%
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      13%

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  • Excluding goalies, which player will have the biggest impact on the Kings-Blackhawks Western Conference finals?

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      8%
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      47%
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      13%
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      25%
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      7%

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  • Which goalie would you rather have?

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      70%
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      30%

    Discuss (Total votes: 15,293)

  • Which coach would you rather have?

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      35%
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      65%

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  • The Blackhawks have home ice advantage in the Western Conference finals, while the Kings are unbeaten at home in the playoffs. Which team has the edge?

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      74%
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      26%

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  • Which team will win the Stanley Cup?

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      35%
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      17%
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      18%
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      30%

    Discuss (Total votes: 133,322)

  • Which Stanley Cup matchup would you like to see?

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      12%
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      25%
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      17%
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      46%

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  • Who is the Kings' playoff MVP so far?

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      5%
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      6%
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      6%
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      5%
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      78%

    Discuss (Total votes: 13,916)

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